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Technique C21:Specifying line spacing in CSS

About this Technique

This technique is Sufficient to meet 1.4.8: Visual Presentation and Advisory for 1.4.12: Text Spacing .



This technique relates to:


Many people with cognitive disabilities have trouble tracking lines of text when a block of text is single spaced. Providing spacing between 1.5 to 2 allows them to start a new line more easily once they have finished the previous one.


Example 1: Setting the element to 1.5 line height

In the style sheet set the characteristics of the element.

body { line-height: 1.5; }

This sets the line height of everything in the body of the document to 1.5.

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  1. Open content in a browser.
  2. Check that the spacing between lines in blocks of text is between 1.5 and 2.

Expected Results

  • Test Procedure #2 is true.
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